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Anyone travel with their cat??

This is probably a weird post.... I am planning on starting to travel in January and have 2 cats. I'd like to bring them with me.... Obviously I know I'll have to plan on housing that allows them. I live in NJ and will most likely be travelling out to CA. I plan on driving. Has anyone else driven cross country with cats?!! I dont really know how they would handle it, or how I would for that matter. Like I guess youd have to sneak them into a hotel? What about setting up a litter box.... Im sure this sounds so crazy, but I really can't figure out the logistics of this! Do vets give out like kitty xanax or antianxiety meds for this sort of thing. Thanks!!

Kristi:imbar

babynurselsa, RN

Specializes in ER, NICU, NSY and some other stuff.

Many hotel/motel chains offer rooms for people traveling with pets. Probably cost a little more.

Just let your recruiter know that you will be traveling with pets. You will probably be responsible for an additional pet deposit. I have known many travelers who bring their pets along.

Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

Vets will sometimes given antianxiety meds, however, they don't always work. Also ask the vet for long-distance travel tips.

Since you're driving....

Keep the radio on a low volume. Loud music will make their nerves worse.

Take plenty of paper towels, an upolstry cleaner, and plasti grocery bags (for the cleanup trash).

Take plenty of terry cloth towels for the Kitty Taxi. Change out towels as necessary, either when they mess on them or if they get too hairy or sweaty.

Take washclothes and a jug of water. This way, if one messes, a "sponge bath" can be given to clean them off with.

Maybe put some catnip in their cages?

Watch their water intake. They can get dehydrated easily when they are worked up.

Try to put the cats within an arm's reach in the car. This way you can reach your fingers through the door and show them you are near by.

When you get into a room, IF they aren't hiding under the bed (you know, the cat's usual way to solve their problems), try to play with them. And maybe try to order food to be delivered to your room so you don't have to leave them.

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching.

this is probably a weird post.... i am planning on starting to travel in january and have 2 cats. i'd like to bring them with me.... obviously i know i'll have to plan on housing that allows them. i live in nj and will most likely be travelling out to ca. i plan on driving. has anyone else driven cross country with cats?!! i dont really know how they would handle it, or how i would for that matter. like i guess youd have to sneak them into a hotel? what about setting up a litter box.... im sure this sounds so crazy, but i really can't figure out the logistics of this! do vets give out like kitty xanax or antianxiety meds for this sort of thing. thanks!!

kristi:imbar

i traveled with a standard poodle. the first thousand miles, she howled constantly except when she was barking. :o after that, she learned to sleep in the car. :)

the travel company arranged housing for us in a pet-friendly apartment building, and even paid the deposit up front, deducting it from our first pay check. hotels weren't a problem -- only once or twice over the 20 years i've traveled with dogs have we encountered a motel that wouldn't take pets. usually they stipulate that you not go out and leave your pet alone in the room -- so we'd lock them in the car while we had dinner, etc. that's less of a problem in january than it is in july, but even in july there are ways around the problem. never had to worry about litter boxes, but it would sure be much less trouble than walking the dogs in some of the areas we've been in!

ruby (who needs to teach the standard poodle to use a litter box because next time we travel, it will be in a sailboat!:) )

I moved from CA TO MA last year... with my 2 cats. One kitty is very high strung and the vet prescribed valium but gave the warning that it may relax her so much she could "lose her bowels quite often" were his exact words. Needless to say we decided against the feline sedatives. Turns out the cats were fine- we had a litter box on the car seat and the cat carrier open and they went back and forth. The high strung cat liked to sit on the floorboards under my feet (I was passenger, of course!) We fed only when we stopped for the night but had H20 available and they were fine. Good luck!

I drove from TX to CA with my cat. NEVER AGAIN!!! It nearly killed us both. Looks like some people have done it without problems though. Good luck!

I drove to Michigan from Arizona with four cats and no issues at all. They stayed in their crates in the car, and allowed out at night in the motel room, that was aover ten years ago and they did just fine.

I travel now with two Yorkies, and you just need to make sure that your recruiter knows that you will need a pet-firendly apt. Funny thing is that it is harder to find a cat friendly apt in Ca, than a dog friendly.

As far as doing the motel thing while driving, Motel 6 takes pets, as well as the the Extended Stay places.

i traveled with a standard poodle. the first thousand miles, she howled constantly except when she was barking. :o after that, she learned to sleep in the car. :)

the travel company arranged housing for us in a pet-friendly apartment building, and even paid the deposit up front, deducting it from our first pay check. hotels weren't a problem -- only once or twice over the 20 years i've traveled with dogs have we encountered a motel that wouldn't take pets. usually they stipulate that you not go out and leave your pet alone in the room -- so we'd lock them in the car while we had dinner, etc. that's less of a problem in january than it is in july, but even in july there are ways around the problem. never had to worry about litter boxes, but it would sure be much less trouble than walking the dogs in some of the areas we've been in!

ruby (who needs to teach the standard poodle to use a litter box because next time we travel, it will be in a sailboat!:) )

what company paid your pet deposit? i couldn't take the housing offered by my company because my dog is too big...had to find a place and deposit came out of my pocket

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching.

what company paid your pet deposit? i couldn't take the housing offered by my company because my dog is too big...had to find a place and deposit came out of my pocket

ppr travel. but we did have to pay it back out of our first check. good luck!

caroladybelle, BSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology/Haemetology/HIV.

I travel with my cat frequently. Before I was a traveler, she was used to 10 hour car rides to visit my Mom.

She fusses at first but once she recognizes that she is not on her way to the vet, she is fine. I have never sedated her for any trips, car or plane. She has flown in an airplane carrier (very small) under the seat on several flights to/from Boston, Atlanta, NYC, Orlando and Tampa. She does not particularly care for flying but it is easier on her (and me) than driving.

It does require many of the same preparations that taking small children would require. She has her own "emergency bag" of stuff that goes with us.

When she was younger, she would eat, drink, and use the portable litter box on car trips. But now she merely finds a comfortable sunny place to nap in the car.

Cats do become more active at night, and I try to arrive at a hotel/destination, before sunset, as she starts to get restless then. I took a trip near the Canadian/Maine border. I could have passed over with her(had fresh vet papers so that she could fly), but my rental car was not cleared to cross. While I sightseed, she curled up under the blankets at the hotel and slept. I generally request "no maid service", unless I am there.

For motel stays, try to bring a few familiar toys, cat bed, etc.

I'm preparing to leave this Sat to drive from KS to Calif w/ my 2 kitties. I'll let you know how it goes. I did get sedatives from the vet, and also certificates of health and proof of vaccinations. I hear they check those in California. I found pet-friendly hotels all along I-80. As said before, most are Motel 6, however, you get into Wyoming, and many places are pet-friendly. Good luck with your assignment! My vet had me go ahead and "test-run" the sedatives on my 2 cats. They both did fine. No poo!

(btw, I was the one who was going to take assignment in Anchorage. I decided not to take it. I wasn't real comfortable w/ the recruiting firm. This assignment is thru RN Network, and I already feel lots better about it. I read positive comments about them on this website.)

traveled with my 2 babies (2 cats) from tx to ca in the summer heat...we even stopped in vegas and at the grand canyon. they did great...i was a little concerned about one of them traveling because she meowed on just 3 hr local trips. the vet had a drug company mix up a topical dremamine (sp?) for her because she didn't do well with oral meds....but i never even needed it. after a little time on the road we discovered they did much better out of there cage...slept the whole time next to the cooler, only to pop they head up when we filled up. had litter in a large storage container that only 1 of them used...the other refused to potty until hotel stops. neiter one would eat or drink...not even treats...but offered often. water was the first thing i put down when at the hotel...they would drink for 5 minutes straight. put them in a cute 'kitty bag' with plenty of ventilation if we got out of the vehicle for a tourist stop or a stretch. i was lucky to have my family traveling with me and have a large vehicle with plenty of room for them to roam....wouldn't let the cats in the front seat...only ticked off one of them! well have to say that one of the cats came down with a high fever 2 wks after arriving at my location....vet never found the cause....he related it to stress. benefit of being a nurse though...treated her at home with subq fluids and injections rather than being hospitalized at the vet!!!

Well, it's now after the first of the year. I promised to provide feedback on travelling from KS to Calif w/ my 2 cats, Eddie and Pearl. They did great! I had a carrier for them, but they mostly hung out in the car. My car is just big enough for a covered litter box to fit on the floor in the back seat. Pearl, the shy one, sat mostly in the back window, fascinated with the scenery and big trucks. I had sedation for them just in case, but didn't need it.

Eddie took up residence on a quilt I had folded in the backseat. The only pet friendly hotel I could find in Gallup, NM was a nightmare! I think all 3 of us got fleas!!! We also hunkered down in a hotel for 2 days in the town of my current assignment until my apartment was available. Now we're settled down and very happy, except for the fact that we left a farm and now they have to be apt cats. Not many mice in a 2nd floor apt...

Thanks for the update Pearldora! I am glad to hear your kitties have settled in and the move wa manageable. My cat occasionally loves one of those catnip mouses, and for your duo, that will have to do for now :).

We traveled from St louis to west palm beach for an assigment. The first trip we took our cat meowed for the entire 16 hour drive. More she meowed the louder we turned the radio up...............Then amazing i found that some cats dont like music. Second trip we left radio off... She rode perfectly....Amazing what info you can find on the net!! lol

caroladybelle, BSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology/Haemetology/HIV.

Eddie took up residence on a quilt I had folded in the backseat. The only pet friendly hotel I could find in Gallup, NM was a nightmare! I think all 3 of us got fleas!!! We also hunkered down in a hotel for 2 days in the town of my current assignment until my apartment was available. Now we're settled down and very happy, except for the fact that we left a farm and now they have to be apt cats. Not many mice in a 2nd floor apt...

A suggestion. As a traveler (especially with pets), it pays to have AAAplus. Get one of those travel guides that lists motels/inns for the states that you are traveling through. It lists ratings and pet friendly locales. I have never been in a place that had fleas, by using it.

Get them a turbo scratcher. The little ball may keep them busy.

A suggestion. As a traveler (especially with pets), it pays to have AAAplus. Get one of those travel guides that lists motels/inns for the states that you are traveling through. It lists ratings and pet friendly locales. I have never been in a place that had fleas, by using it.

Get them a turbo scratcher. The little ball may keep them busy.

Motels/Inns seem to becoming more and more pet friendly. I just traveled across country with my two pit bulls. We were on the road for 5 days one way and didn't have any problems never one. Usually we had to pay 10 dollars xtra a nite but a lot just said "If they don't bark or bother anyone we won't charge you for your pets".......One place said "Only if you let me get a pitty kisses"....not a problem with my lickers.

I travel with two cats also. I was really nervous because usually they both hate the car, but I got some sedatives from my vet & they both did great! They also gave me a couple suggestions which I found helpful. I bought two carriers of the same size, and bought 6 disposable cat litter pans... (I went from Ohio to Arizona & 4 did the trick) I put a cat litter pan in one of the carriers and a nice blanket in the other for my girls. Whenever I had to stop I could easily put the carriers together (with the doors taken off) so that my girls had their bathroom & bed connected, I found this helpful so they didnt try to jump out of the car when I stopped for gas. I was also lucky enough to find a travel pet food carrier from Cracker Barrel of all places (which by the way you can rent books on tape from & return the next time you stop) that held their food and water. You can find them online if you look. Good luck, hope this was helpful & if you have any other questions let me know!

I'm not a nurse but traveled from MA to AZ with a poodle and a cat. No problem at all. I guess it all depends on your pet's personalities.

Motel 6 studios are excellent with pets. There is a small fee but usually you get it back.

Good luck

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